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Understanding Rav’s ruling on hefsek taharah

26 January, 2016

Question:

I thought I learned that the bedikah cloth for a hefsek taharah must be entirely clean, but two times I have had some dark red/light brown staining on the moch and the bedikah cloth from the morning, which is leftover menses. The Rabbi has told me that it is fine and I just want to make sure that this is the case – Is it because it is not active bleeding it is not considered to be a barrier to beginning to count the 7 clean days?


Answer:

Some halachic decisors do take the position that a hefsek taharah must be entirely clean. However, it is more common to assess a hefsek taharah like a regular bedikah, in which case the woman's status depends on the exact shade of what is found on it. Some browns are indeed acceptable (and we would assume that your rav would not characterize the color as dark red).  However, you should feel free to contact him to clarify.  

A distinction between more or less "active" bleeding does not affect the evaluation of a hefsek taharah.

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